Treats

Yes, it is the season of treats and they are especially appropriate in these times. Are you taking good care of yourself? Are you giving yourself extra treats to counter the stress you are experiencing?

Identify some things that bring you joy and treat yourself often and heartily!

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What’s Rising In Importance For You?

I am finding I have new needs and preferences lately that are a result of the changes I am experiencing in my life and work. There is a small lake near my home that I had been to only once before this year. Since last spring, the lake has become an essential weekly outing for me. Going there restores me and gives me a much welcome change of scene – since so much of my life is now centered around home.

How about you? Are there new elements or practices in your life that have risen in importance to your balance and well-being this year?

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Be Festive

As the holiday season approaches, allow yourself to be festive. Balance the challenges and disappointments of this year with joy. Create an intention to enjoy yourself throughout the holidays – better than you ever have before. Although there may be limitations and this year will be different than previous years, you can still find fun and laughter in new places. Be creative and intentional. Be kind to yourself. Have a good time!

 

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Cracking Open

Sometimes, you can feel like you are cracking open. Stress, change or unsettling events can be the cause. It is not a comfortable place to be. The nature of the occurrence and how you view it makes a big difference in how you experience it.

Cracking open can be a crisis leading to tragedy or opportunity. It can be a release of the old to make room for the new or an indication that there is something very wrong in your life. Or, it can be the start of a transformation.

Whenever you begin to feel like you are cracking open, find your way back to center. Observe what is happening and treat yourself with kindness. Handle it in the best way you can. It could be the beginning of a wonderful time for you.

 

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Are You Feeling The Pressure?

The challenges of this time seem to not be going away. You may have thought that they would be around for a short time and then you could return to normal. It’s not looking that way. Actually, the pressure seems to be mounting.

How do you deal with remote work, kids schooling from home, social distancing, health risks and scares and other restrictions? How your life has changed? The path ahead is uncharted and that means you find your own way. Do the best you can. Be kind to yourself and believe that you will find a way. Keep your eye out for silver linings and new opportunities that will help make this a positive time for you.

 

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How Are You Positioned For The Long Run?

Staying in the present moment makes a lot of sense these days. The world is facing many unknowns and uncertainties. At the same time, however, it makes sense to give some thought to what is to come. Here are some questions you can answer to start positioning yourself well for the long run:

• Look out a few years from now regarding your current work. How does the future look? Do you anticipate changes or does it look like things will stay the same? Do you see yourself doing the same work then as you are doing now?

• What opportunities do you see becoming available to you now or in the near future? Could they lead you in a new direction? Is that new direction one you want to prepare for or explore?

• Is there a skill you have wanted to develop but have not had time to in the past? Would that skill position you well for a job that has a future?

• Is there a dream you have had that you can start pursuing now because the time seems right to do what you have to to make it come true?

Long range vision makes for happy futures. Take some time now to look towards the future and make it the best it can be.

 

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Watch Out For Boredom

Boredom may seem harmless, but beware – it can derail you. Boredom gets you restless, with no place to go. Your mind and emotions can wander to unproductive places. It can keep you out of the present moment and throw you back to the past or into an ill-defined future.

How can you avoid boredom and keep yourself energized? Here are some suggestions:

• Structure your day. Schedule tasks throughout the day that stimulate you in blocks of time, so boredom can’t set in.

• Investigate the cause of your boredom. Do you have enough to do? Are present conditions because of the virus limiting you in ways you were not limited before?

• Find one new thing to do each week. Stay with the things that resonate with you.

• Have a plan to get yourself out of boredom if it sets in (e.g. take a walk)

• Keep your life and work balanced so your center is not hard to find.

 

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Discernment

Discernment: the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure; the ability to judge well.

If there ever was a skill for these times, discernment is one of them. Amidst change, there is so much to decide. Your ability to choose well is crucial to your balance and happiness. Discernment requires you to be present to the choice you face, to carefully examine the situation before you and to have the ability to make a choice when there are unknowns involved.

How would you rate your powers of discernment? Sharpening this skill will create ease and improve your life and work.

 

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Enough

Sometimes you have to create some space around you. Walls crowd in and it is all too much. Pressures, people, demands, dissonance and missteps take their toll.

Creating space around you allows you to breathe. You can reorient, calm down and regain perspective. The next time you have had enough, find some space to regroup in. You won’t regret it!

 

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Frustration Can Take You For A Ride

Frustration is an intense emotion. When other emotions are on the rise at the same time, frustration can easily get out of hand. As the amount of stress you are under compounds, carefully watch what is happening with your frustration level. Frustration can take you to destructive places that do not serve you.

Managing your frustration, especially in times of elevated stress is a key element of emotional intelligence. Protect yourself, learn to quiet your frustration when you need to and you’ll avoid some bumpy rides.

 

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